Dame Margaret Barbour opens Malcolm Barbour Lounge at Mariners Park

Dame Margaret Barbour opens Malcolm Barbour Lounge at Mariners Park

The club was delighted to welcome Dame Margaret Barbour to Mariners Park last week as she officially opened the Malcolm Barbour Lounge at the ground.

The lounge is in memory of her late husband’s grandfather Malcolm Barbour, the second generation of the Barbour family.

Born in Newcastle, Malcolm joined his father, founder John Barbour, in the Barbour business in 1900.

Malcolm was instrumental in expanding the business, introducing in 1908, the famous Barbour mail order catalogues, selling products all over the world. This marked the start of Barbour becoming the global lifestyle business it is today.

Malcolm was always passionate about the region and championing local community initiatives. A lifelong football fan, in the late 1940s he became a director of South Shields Football Club and supported the club up until his death in 1964.

Dame Margaret, Chairman of Barbour, said: “Malcolm Barbour made an enormous contribution to the growth of our business.

“He loved to watch football and always enjoyed going to watch South Shields FC as a fan and later as a director.

“It is fitting to acknowledge his contribution not only to Barbour but also to the club by naming the lounge in his honour.

“I think he would have been very proud today of how far both the club and Barbour have come.”

Michael Orr, South Shields FC Managing Director, said: “It gave us great pleasure to welcome Dame Margaret Barbour to Mariners Park.

“Malcolm Barbour was an influential and pioneering professional with both his business and sporting roots steeped in South Shields.

“It is extremely apt that his memory should be honoured in this way.”

The Malcolm Barbour Lounge is used by fans on matchdays and as a conference room on non matchdays.